Il n'y a pas de mystère: c'est votre savoir qui vous tuera

Es ist kein Geheimnis: Euer Wissen wird euch töten

There is no Mystery: Your Knowledge will Kill You

CR 79. Year 1982

Es Ist Klein Geheimnis Jochen Gerz Kassel 9
Il Ny A Pas De Mystère Jochen Gerz 1982 84  Chambery France
There Is No Mystery Jochen Gerz 1982 Il Ny A Pas De Mystère  Affiche Française 1
There Is No Mystery Jochen Gerz 1982 Deutsch 1
There Is No Mystery Jochen Gerz Tel Hai Israël 3

There is no Mystery: Your Knowledge will kill You

It might be useful to look at all of Gerz’s work as propositions. His questions are posed to the culture we know, to histories we have absorbed, and to the modes of expression we have come to trust as sources of essential information. In almost every text the question of a troubled culture and the uncertainty of personal memory are at issue. Seemingly, personal, almost confessional, narratives are held with a suspicion equal to that which Gerz has for ideologies that drive the politics or economies of nation states.

Gary Dufour 1994


Work in public space

b/w photograph/Scanachrome, 260 x 360 cm 

A billboard shows an image of an upside-down skyline with a text positioned above. The motif was first used in the Photo/Text F/T 118 (252).


Chambéry 1982. Tel-Hai, 1983. Kassel 1984. Düsseldorf 1988 (Wien 1988. Jouy-en Josas 1989. Saint-Etienne 1989. Hamburg 1990). Hamburg 1988. Figeac 1991. Villeneuve d'Ascq 1995 (Nice 1996). Paris 1996. Bolzano 1999


I: Paris 1982, p. 31. Düsseldorf 1988, pp. 114-117. Darnétal 1991, pp. 46-47. Figeac 1991, pp. 102-103. Vancouver 1994, p. 10. Villeneuve d’Ascq 1995, p. 23. Paris 1996a, pp. 36-37 

II: Knop 1984, Drateln 1989, p. 46. Koenneke 1991, p. 23. Red. 8, 1991, p. 3. Pejic 1992, p. 77. Red. 20, 1995. Bolzano 1999

III: Amelunxen 1988. Durand 1990, p. 122. Sans 1991

V: Lindinger 1993, pp. 50-51, Blümler 1989, p. 9

VI: The Event Horizon 1987, p. 275. Gaehtgens 1992, p.131

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My name is Jochen Gerz